IN SEARCH OF A NEW SCENT?
HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO SO.
With so many spritzes and sprays out there, shopping for perfume can lead to serious sensory overload. Fragrance expert and V.P. of Business Development for Fragrance Net, Patti Kapla, shares how you can find your signature scent in five easy steps. credit: shape magazine
STICK WITH YOUR FAMILY Take a whiff of the perfumes you own−chances are, they’re all fairly similar. “People tend to gravitate toward one, overarching fragrance category,” says Kapla. When shopping, it’s best to stick within that same general family and experiment with different notes. If you’re go-to is a rosy fragrance, try one with jasmine or violet—different kinds of florals. By sticking to one category, you’ll dramatically narrow down your initial search. (Common fragrance families include floral, oriental, citrus, marine, and chypre−exotic, spicy scents.)
SPRAY AND STOP Grab two or three different bottles that appeal to you and spritz onto a paper blotter, (don’t test on yourself quite yet). Take one sniff, then stop. “You have to give the fragrance time to dry down so that the base notes come through,” says Kapla. “By the time you smell it again, you’ll have the most well-rounded version.”